John Lincoln Shockey

M, (circa 1848 - )
Birth*circa 1848 John was born circa 1848. 
Marriage*circa 1871 He married Lydia Ann Bartholomew circa 1871. 

Family

Lydia Ann Bartholomew (circa 1850 - )
Child
Last Edited9 July 1999

Lydia Ann Bartholomew

F, (circa 1850 - )
Birth*circa 1850 Lydia was born circa 1850. 
Marriage*circa 1871 She married John Lincoln Shockey circa 1871. 
Married Namecirca 1871  As of circa 1871, her married name was Shockey. 

Family

John Lincoln Shockey (circa 1848 - )
Child
Last Edited9 July 1999

Clifford Eron Welch

M, (16 April 1901 - April 1979)
Birth*16 April 1901 Clifford was born on 16 April 1901. 
Marriage*26 October 1922 He married Ila Bell Shockey on 26 October 1922 at age 21. 
Death*April 1979 He died at Bellflower, Los Angeles Co., California, in April 1979. 

Family

Ila Bell Shockey (23 September 1902 - 16 January 1989)
ChartsJoseph Culpepper of SC Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Evelyn Mae Burgin

F, (22 November 1914 - 29 June 2007)
FatherWilliam Henry Burgin (1 Dec 1879 - 17 Nov 1934)
MotherWinnie Bell Culpepper (23 Nov 1882 - 28 Sep 1948)
Birth*22 November 1914 Evelyn was born at Yancey, Medina Co., Texas, on 22 November 1914. 
Marriage*1933 She married Louis Matthew Bruce at San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas, in 1933. 
Married Name1933  As of 1933, her married name was Bruce. 
Residence*1994 Evelyn resided at Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas, in 1994. 
Death*29 June 2007 She died at San Angelo, Tom Green Co., Texas, on 29 June 2007 at age 92.1 

Family

Louis Matthew Bruce (28 December 1904 - 29 June 1976)
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited18 June 2014

Citations

  1. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm

James Geoffrey Thornton

M, (December 1849 - 17 May 1929)
FatherCharles W. Thornton (c 1825 - 25 Nov 1881)
MotherNancy Catherine Culpepper (Jan 1831 - )
Name-Comm His was commonly known as Jim Thornton. 
Birth*December 1849 James was born at Tallapoosa Co., Alabama, in December 1849. 
(Household member) 1850 Census1 June 1850 Nancy and James listed as a household member living with Charles W. Thornton on the 1850 Census on 1 June 1850 at Tallapoosa Co., Alabama.1 
Marriage*29 January 1871 He married Frances A. Garner at Hinds Co., Mississippi, on 29 January 1871 at age 21.2 
Death*17 May 1929 He died at Elmore Co., Alabama, on 17 May 1929 at age 79.2 

Family

Frances A. Garner (May 1853 - 29 May 1919)
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited10 December 2016

Citations

  1. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Township 23, Tallapoosa, Alabama
    Page: 95
    Roll: M432_15.
  2. Public Member Trees, Ancestry.com, "MyOrigins" family tree, by emilyday137.

John Thornton

M, (circa 1852 - )
FatherCharles W. Thornton (c 1825 - 25 Nov 1881)
MotherNancy Catherine Culpepper (Jan 1831 - )
Birth*circa 1852 John was born at Tallapoosa Co., Alabama, circa 1852. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Milton Thornton

M, (circa 1855 - )
FatherCharles W. Thornton (c 1825 - 25 Nov 1881)
MotherNancy Catherine Culpepper (Jan 1831 - )
Birth*circa 1855 Milton was born at Tallapoosa Co., Alabama, circa 1855. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Louisa Catherine Thornton

F, (11 September 1863 - 2 February 1948)
FatherCharles W. Thornton (c 1825 - 25 Nov 1881)
MotherNancy Catherine Culpepper (Jan 1831 - )
Birth*11 September 1863 Louisa was born at Alabama on 11 September 1863. 
Married Namecirca 1883  As of circa 1883, her married name was McDonald. 
Marriage*circa 1883 She married Francis Alexander McDonald at Alabama circa 1883. 
(Wife) 1900 Census1 June 1900 Louisa was listed as an unknown person 's wife on the 1900 Census at Elmore Co., Alabama.1 
(Wife) 1910 Census15 April 1910 Louisa was listed as Francis Alexander McDonald's wife on the 1910 Census at Autauga Co., Alabama.2 
(Wife) Photographedsay 1930 She appeared as a wife in a family photograph say 1930.3
Francis A. & Louisa C. (Thornton) McDonald
Death*2 February 1948 She died at Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, on 2 February 1948 at age 84.3 

Family

Francis Alexander McDonald (25 June 1855 - 10 September 1943)
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited12 January 2008

Citations

  1. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    Roll 15 Book 1, Page 131-B; Good Hope, Precinct 13, E. D. 66, Sheet 5-B.
  2. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    T624 Roll: 1 Part: 1 Page: 185B, Precinct 10.
  3. E-mail written Jan 2008 to Lew Griffin from Billie Jean (Welch) Dashnaw, e-mail address.

George W. Thornton

M, (circa 1867 - August 1945)
FatherCharles W. Thornton (c 1825 - 25 Nov 1881)
MotherNancy Catherine Culpepper (Jan 1831 - )
Birth*circa 1867 George was born circa 1867. 
Marriage*16 September 1888 He married Mary A. Partridge at Coosa Co., Alabama, on 16 September 1888. 
Death*August 1945 He died at Montgomery Co., Alabama, in August 1945. 

Family

Mary A. Partridge (say 1867 - )
Child
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited1 July 2008

Citations

  1. E-mail written Jun 2008 to Lew Griffin from Patrick Thornton, e-mail address.

Martha Juliann Thornton

F, (December 1869 - )
FatherCharles W. Thornton (c 1825 - 25 Nov 1881)
MotherNancy Catherine Culpepper (Jan 1831 - )
Birth*December 1869 Martha was born at Alabama in December 1869. 
Marriage*21 December 1894 She married Thomas Jefferson Woodall at Elmore Co., Alabama, on 21 December 1894. 
Married Name21 December 1894  As of 21 December 1894, her married name was Woodall. 
Death* She died at Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana
Biography* Mrs. Earl C. (Azalea Thornton) Davis wrote: \letter 4 Dec 1995\ I remember Daddy taking us to see a very old lady in Monroe [Ouchita Parish, LA] when I was a little girl. I think it was her [Mrs. T. J. (Martha Julia Thornton) Woodall]. 

Family

Thomas Jefferson Woodall (10 March 1875 - 1 July 1952)
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited11 April 2004

William Jackson Thornton

M, (2 July 1875 - 28 October 1960)
FatherCharles W. Thornton (c 1825 - 25 Nov 1881)
MotherNancy Catherine Culpepper (Jan 1831 - )
Birth*2 July 1875 William was born at Elmore Co., Alabama, on 2 July 1875. 
Marriage*10 November 1893 He married Rachel Caroline Sara Ann Elizabeth Woodall at Elmore Co., Alabama, on 10 November 1893 at age 18. 
Death*28 October 1960 He died at Bienville Parish, Louisiana, on 28 October 1960 at age 85. 
Burial* His body was interred at Mount Lebanon (near Gibsland), Bienville Parish, Louisiana

Family

Rachel Caroline Sara Ann Elizabeth Woodall (13 May 1878 - 13 November 1972)
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Thomas Jefferson Woodall

M, (10 March 1875 - 1 July 1952)
FatherDaniel Anderson Woodall (29 Mar 1838 - 4 Aug 1895)
MotherMary Catherine Phillips (2 Dec 1844 - 25 May 1925)
Birth*10 March 1875 Thomas was born at Georgia on 10 March 1875. 
Marriage*21 December 1894 He married Martha Juliann Thornton at Elmore Co., Alabama, on 21 December 1894 at age 19. 
Census*1900 He was listed as a resident in the census report at Elmore Co., Alabama, in 1900. 
Death*1 July 1952 He died at Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana, on 1 July 1952 at age 77. 

Family

Martha Juliann Thornton (December 1869 - )
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

James Oliver Woodall

M, (May 1896 - )
FatherThomas Jefferson Woodall (10 Mar 1875 - 1 Jul 1952)
MotherMartha Juliann Thornton (Dec 1869 - )
Birth*May 1896 James was born at Elmore Co., Alabama, in May 1896. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Bernard A. Woodall

M, (February 1899 - )
FatherThomas Jefferson Woodall (10 Mar 1875 - 1 Jul 1952)
MotherMartha Juliann Thornton (Dec 1869 - )
Birth*February 1899 Bernard was born at Elmore Co., Alabama, in February 1899. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Rachel Caroline Sara Ann Elizabeth Woodall

F, (13 May 1878 - 13 November 1972)
FatherDaniel Anderson Woodall (29 Mar 1838 - 4 Aug 1895)
MotherMary Catherine Phillips (2 Dec 1844 - 25 May 1925)
Birth*13 May 1878 Rachel was born at Meriwether Co., Georgia, on 13 May 1878. 
Marriage*10 November 1893 She married William Jackson Thornton at Elmore Co., Alabama, on 10 November 1893 at age 15. 
Married Name10 November 1893  As of 10 November 1893, her married name was Thornton. 
Death*13 November 1972 She died on 13 November 1972 at age 94. 
Biography* A granddaughter, Mrs. Earl C. (Azalea Thornton) Davis wrote: \letter 4 Dec 1995\ Grand Mother's full name [was] Rachel Caroline Sara ann Elizabeth Woodall - everybody called her Sally & she spelled it Sallie.... Grand Mother Thornton lived to be 95, she had 142 living descendents when she died in 1972. 

Family

William Jackson Thornton (2 July 1875 - 28 October 1960)
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited15 July 1999

Elijah Thomas Thornton

M, (11 August 1894 - 4 November 1938)
FatherWilliam Jackson Thornton (2 Jul 1875 - 28 Oct 1960)
MotherRachel Caroline Sara Ann Elizabeth Woodall (13 May 1878 - 13 Nov 1972)
Birth*11 August 1894 Elijah was born at Seman, near, Wetumpka, Elmore Co., Alabama, on 11 August 1894. 
Marriage*circa 1916 He married Lettie May Woodall circa 1916. 
Death*4 November 1938 He died on 4 November 1938 at age 44. 

Family

Lettie May Woodall (1894 - )
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Mary Catherine Thornton

F, (11 January 1897 - 13 August 1980)
FatherWilliam Jackson Thornton (2 Jul 1875 - 28 Oct 1960)
MotherRachel Caroline Sara Ann Elizabeth Woodall (13 May 1878 - 13 Nov 1972)
Married Name Her married name was Presley. 
Birth*11 January 1897 Mary was born at Seman, near, Wetumpka, Elmore Co., Alabama, on 11 January 1897. 
Marriage* She married Emmett Presley
Death*13 August 1980 She died at Delhi, Richland Parish, Louisiana, on 13 August 1980 at age 83. 

Family

Emmett Presley (say 1900 - )
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Stephen Wesley Thornton

M, (28 November 1898 - 26 August 1900)
FatherWilliam Jackson Thornton (2 Jul 1875 - 28 Oct 1960)
MotherRachel Caroline Sara Ann Elizabeth Woodall (13 May 1878 - 13 Nov 1972)
Birth*28 November 1898 Stephen was born at Seman, near, Wetumpka, Elmore Co., Alabama, on 28 November 1898. 
Death*26 August 1900 He died on 26 August 1900 at age 1. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Lettie May Woodall

F, (1894 - )
Birth*1894 Lettie was born in 1894. 
Marriage*circa 1916 She married Elijah Thomas Thornton circa 1916. 
Married Namecirca 1916  As of circa 1916, her married name was Thornton. 

Family

Elijah Thomas Thornton (11 August 1894 - 4 November 1938)
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Judcie Mae Thornton

F, (26 September 1900 - 4 December 1962)
FatherWilliam Jackson Thornton (2 Jul 1875 - 28 Oct 1960)
MotherRachel Caroline Sara Ann Elizabeth Woodall (13 May 1878 - 13 Nov 1972)
Married Name Her married name was Pate. 
Birth*26 September 1900 Judcie was born at Eclectic, Elmore Co., Alabama, on 26 September 1900. 
Marriage*circa 1921 She married Benjamin McGinty circa 1921. 
Married Namecirca 1921  As of circa 1921, her married name was McGinty. 
Marriage* She married Wendal Pate
Death*4 December 1962 She died on 4 December 1962 at age 62. 
Burial* Her body was interred at Atkins Cemetery, north of, Athens, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana

Family 1

Benjamin McGinty (circa 1898 - )
Child

Family 2

Wendal Pate (say 1898 - )
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Benjamin McGinty

M, (circa 1898 - )
Birth*circa 1898 Benjamin was born at Verda, Grant Parish, Louisiana, circa 1898. 
Marriage*circa 1921 He married Judcie Mae Thornton circa 1921. 

Family

Judcie Mae Thornton (26 September 1900 - 4 December 1962)
Child
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Durwood Benjamin McGinty

M, (9 July 1922 - 27 December 1988)
FatherBenjamin McGinty (c 1898 - )
MotherJudcie Mae Thornton (26 Sep 1900 - 4 Dec 1962)
Birth*9 July 1922 Durwood was born at Ringgold, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, on 9 July 1922. 
Marriage* He married Roxie Ann Bearden
Death*27 December 1988 He died at Ringgold, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, on 27 December 1988 at age 66. 
Burial* His body was interred at Mount Lebanon (near Gibsland), Bienville Parish, Louisiana

Family

Roxie Ann Bearden (12 February 1912 - circa 1987)
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Roxie Ann Bearden

F, (12 February 1912 - circa 1987)
Married Name Her married name was McGinty. 
Birth*12 February 1912 Roxie was born at Koran, Bossier Parish, Louisiana, on 12 February 1912. 
Marriage* She married Durwood Benjamin McGinty
Death*circa 1987 She died at Ringgold, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, circa 1987. 

Family

Durwood Benjamin McGinty (9 July 1922 - 27 December 1988)
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Frances A. Garner

F, (May 1853 - 29 May 1919)
Birth*May 1853 Frances was born at Georgia in May 1853. Daughter of William Garner & Mary Ann Wise. Mary Ann Wise was the daughter of John Patton Wise & Judith Ann Lacey.1 
Marriage*29 January 1871 She married James Geoffrey Thornton at Hinds Co., Mississippi, on 29 January 1871 at age 17.1 
Married Name29 January 1871  As of 29 January 1871, her married name was Thornton. 
Death*29 May 1919 She died at Elmore Co., Alabama, on 29 May 1919.1 

Family

James Geoffrey Thornton (December 1849 - 17 May 1929)
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited10 December 2016

Citations

  1. Public Member Trees, Ancestry.com, "MyOrigins" family tree, by emilyday137.

Mary Francis Thornton

F, (July 1877 - )
FatherJames Geoffrey Thornton (Dec 1849 - 17 May 1929)
MotherFrances A. Garner (May 1853 - 29 May 1919)
Birth*July 1877 Mary was born at Mississippi in July 1877. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited10 December 2016

Martha Louella Thornton

F, (18 September 1879 - 15 March 1950)
FatherJames Geoffrey Thornton (Dec 1849 - 17 May 1929)
MotherFrances A. Garner (May 1853 - 29 May 1919)
Birth*18 September 1879 Martha was born at Mississippi on 18 September 1879.1 
Married Namesay 1900  As of say 1900, her married name was Weldon. 
Marriage*say 1900 She married (?) Weldon say 1900. 
Death*15 March 1950 She died at Wetumpka, Elmore Co., Alabama, on 15 March 1950 at age 70.1 
Burial*say 18 March 1950 Her body was interred say 18 March 1950 at Bethlehem East Cemetery, Kent, Elmore Co., Alabama.2 

Family

(?) Weldon (say 1879 - )
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited10 December 2016

Citations

  1. Public Member Trees, Ancestry.com, "MyOrigins" family tree, by emilyday137.
  2. Find a Grave (online database)
    http://www.findagrave.com
    Find A Grave Memorial# 95138426.

James Henry Thornton

M, (November 1881 - )
FatherJames Geoffrey Thornton (Dec 1849 - 17 May 1929)
MotherFrances A. Garner (May 1853 - 29 May 1919)
Birth*November 1881 James was born at Alabama in November 1881. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited10 December 2016

Charlie Franklin Thornton1

M, (29 November 1884 - 2 January 1956)
FatherJames Geoffrey Thornton (Dec 1849 - 17 May 1929)
MotherFrances A. Garner (May 1853 - 29 May 1919)
Birth*29 November 1884 Charlie was born at Elmore Co., Alabama, on 29 November 1884.1 
Marriage*circa 1908 He married Annie B. Weldon at Elmore Co., Alabama, circa 1908.1 
1910 Census*15 April 1910 Charlie was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Weoka Village, Elmore Co., Alabama.2 
1920 Census*1 January 1920 Charlie was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Lightwood, Elmore Co., Alabama.3 
1930 Census*1 April 1930 Charlie was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Lightwood, Elmore Co., Alabama.4 
Name Variation1 April 1930  As of 1 April 1930, Charlie Franklin Thornton was also known as Charles Franklin Thornton.5 
Marriage*after 1 April 1930 He married Verma Weldon at Elmore Co., Alabama, after 1 April 1930.1 
Death*2 January 1956 He died on 2 January 1956 at age 71.1 

Family 1

Annie B. Weldon (1 May 1888 - 1 February 1928)
Children

Family 2

Verma Weldon (say 1909 - )
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited22 December 2004

Citations

  1. E-mail written 2004 to Lew Griffin from Melanie Olivia Jackson, e-mail address.
  2. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    Series: T624 Roll: 12 Part: 3 Page: 22B.
  3. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    Roll: T625_14 Page: 9A ED: 84.
  4. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    Lightwood, Elmore, Alabama; Roll: 13; Page: ; Enumeration District: 21;.
  5. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    Lightwood, Elmore, Alabama; Roll: 13; Page: ; Enumeration District: 21.

Rosa B. Thornton

F, (January 1887 - )
FatherJames Geoffrey Thornton (Dec 1849 - 17 May 1929)
MotherFrances A. Garner (May 1853 - 29 May 1919)
Birth*January 1887 Rosa was born at Alabama in January 1887. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited9 July 1999

Lillian T. Thornton

F, (November 1888 - )
FatherJames Geoffrey Thornton (Dec 1849 - 17 May 1929)
MotherFrances A. Garner (May 1853 - 29 May 1919)
Birth*November 1888 Lillian was born at Alabama in November 1888. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited10 December 2016

Stephen Uzziel Thornton

M, (19 August 1893 - )
FatherJames Geoffrey Thornton (Dec 1849 - 17 May 1929)
MotherFrances A. Garner (May 1853 - 29 May 1919)
Name Variation He was also known as Enzel Thornton. 
Birth*19 August 1893 Stephen was born at Alabama on 19 August 1893.1 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited10 December 2016

Citations

  1. Public Member Trees, Ancestry.com, "MyOrigins" family tree, by emilyday137.

Bethley Jane Turley1

F, (22 August 1856 - 19 December 1960)
FatherJames Lafayette Turley (c 1833 - 25 Jan 1862)
MotherMartha Custis Culpepper (17 Jul 1841 - 16 Mar 1941)
Birth*22 August 1856 Bethley was born at Chambers Co., Alabama, on 22 August 1856. 
Marriage*3 December 1873 She married Henry Thomas Carmack at Chambers Co., Alabama, on 3 December 1873 at age 17.2 
Married Name3 December 1873  As of 3 December 1873, her married name was Carmack. 
Death*19 December 1960 She died at Winfield, Titus Co., Texas, on 19 December 1960 at age 104. 
Burial*say 21 December 1960 Her body was interred say 21 December 1960 at Winfield Cemetery, Winfield, Titus Co., Texas
Biography* From the Texarkana Daily News, Wednesday, February 22, 1956:
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"Mrs. Janie Carmack, At 99, Still Enjoys Work, Church And Movies"
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"By Annie May Turner, Daily News Women's Editor"
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Caption under picture reads: "Mrs. Janie Carmack, whose hobby is needlework, is shown with a quilt she has been working on while visiting her son, J. L. Carmack, who will be 81 years old next April. At her feet is a rug, also a part of her handiwork."
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A sweet little lady with beautiful dark eyes, a lovable disposition and hands that usually are busy with some type work, is visiting her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Carmack, 110 Melton.
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The visitor is Mrs. Janie Carmack, who will be one hundred years old next August. She looks much younger. Her mind is keen and her eyesight amazing -- she uses glasses only for reading and can see newspaper headlines without them -- but her hearing is rather poor.
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Her ears are pierced and she has worn the same pair of yellow gold earrings for sixty years.
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Mrs. Carmack lives in Winfield, Texas, where she formerly had a hotel. Her home is in a two-apartment house, and her neighbor across the hall also is an elderly woman. She takes care of her four-room home and even sweeps her yard. There's a strawberry patch in the garden, and when berries are there, she picks them, a job too hard for the average fifty year old person.
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She does her laundry and cooks her meals. Last summer, she helped cook her birthday dinner, also helped serve the seventy-five guests. As there was food left from the party, the next day she invited twenty-five friends to lunch.
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Food isn't a problem for her, she eats anything. Her favorite breakfast is oatmeal, sausage and biscuits. And she's crazy about fish -- any kind of fish.
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As she has an engaging personality, Mrs. Carmack has many friends. Every day, except Sunday, five, six, or seven call at her home. She attends Sunday services at Winfield Baptist Church, and her rocker is near the pulpit so she can hear the music and sermon.
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She isn't one to waste time, so spends many hours with needlework. Each year she makes twenty-five or thirty rugs and also pieces quilts. Of all quilt patterns she prefers the tulip. To her it's the prettiest.
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And she loves going to the drive-in theater where she enjoys motion pictures of all types, even shoot-'em up westerns.
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When asked what has been of the most importance during her life, Mrs. Carmack replied: "Being a Christian and having good health."
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Her mother, by the way, almost was a hundred years old when she died as the result of an accident. She fell, and broke her hip.
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Mrs. Carmack has a daughter, Mrs. Boss Smith, who lives in Winfield, and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren scatter all over Texas. One great-grandson is in Japan, another in South America.
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Tomorrow, Mrs. Carmack will return to her home in Winfield.
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"Winfield Resident 100 Years Old Wednesday"
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How does it feel to be one hundred years old? Mrs. Janie Carmack, widow of the late Tom Carmack, reached that goal Wednesday and answered a Daily Times reporter in this way: "Son, I feel just as old as you think I look."
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All of her friends know Mrs. Carmack as "Granny" and Wednesday she was showered with gifts at her home in Winfield. A formal celebration of her birthday will be held there Saturday.
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Granny was born in Alabama on August 22, 1856, but moved to Texas 30 years later. She has lived in Titus County 60 years and in her present home 40 years. She and her husband farmed for a while but later operated a hotel and boarding house in Winfield. Meals were served for 25 cents and beds were available at 50 cents.
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Granny has outlived all of her five children with the exception of one, Mrs. Boss Smith, also of Winfield, who is 76 years of age. Her husband died at the age of 69. Her mother, she said, lacked three months being one hundred when she fell and broke her hip and failed to recover.
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Despite her age, Mrs. Carmack does all of her own work without the benefit of most of the so-called "modern conveniences." She has been busy all of her life and even now tends her chickens, her strawberry patch and churns her own butter. Her eyesight still is good, but she admits she needs glasses when she reads. Her hearing is failing some, too, she said.
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Her home doesn't have running water. Instead she draws what she needs from a well, but as she said Wednesday afternoon, she draws only a half bucket at a time, "not feeling quite up to a bucket these days."
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When a Daily Times reporter called at her home to take pictures on her birthday, Granny put him in a chair and told him to wait, while she changed her dress and fixed her hair. No one was going to take pictures until she was ready, she said.
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Not only has she been showered with gifts, she had received 80 cards Wednesday wishing her many more birthdays. More were sure to come before the "big party" saturday.
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Granny is looking forward to the party when her friends and descendants will gather at her home for a big dinner and a day of fellowship, but she isn't happy over the prospects of not being allowed to take part in the preparations for the occasion. She is used to doing her own cooking and wants it that way, even now.
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This reporter tried to find out how many of her descendants there are and asked her how many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren she has.
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"Son," she said, "You'll just have to wait till Saturday when they get here and I can count 'em. I just don't know off hand."
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When she was asked to what she attributes her old age she said simply: "God's been good to me."
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She is spry, sharp-witted and loves to keep busy... and she loves to have people drop in for friendly visits. She is Titus County's oldest citizen and dearly loved by all who know her, and on her centennial
she is sure to have hundreds of people call to pay their respects.
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"Mrs. Carmack Has Her 102nd Birthday Friday"
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There was a birthday party in Winfield Saturday.
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It wasn't an ordinary birthday party and the honoree wasn't an ordinary citizen.
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Greeting guests at her Winfield home, was a spry Mrs. Janie Carmack, Titus County's senior citizen, who is noting her 102nd birthday.
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Actually, Friday was Mrs. Carmack's birthday, "Granny" Carmack, as she is known to most Titus County folks, was born August. 22, 1856, in Chambers County, Ala.
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She came to Titus County more than 60 years ago with her husband, the late H. T. Carmack. "Granny" has lived in the same house in Winfield over 40 years.
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Until two months ago she had lived mostly alone since the death of her husband in 1925. Now she has an 88-year-old "boarder," Mrs. Lena Brown.
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"It's nice to have a youngster around the house now," the agile centenarian chuckled.
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"Granny" still does most of the household chores, including all of the cooking in the weathered two-story frame house in the heart of Winfield. At one time, she operated the home as a boarding house.
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"Things were sure different in those days," she says, "Meals cost two bits and beds were four bits."
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"Granny's" health is good. She hasn't had a serious illness in months. Her hearing is failing but her eyesight is still sharp, with spectacles.
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She believes long life is hereditary. Her mother, the late Mrs. M. C. Murphy, was almost 100 when she broke a hip and died.
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Her advice to those seeking long years is "to stay out of the rocking chair, work and keep moving. Don't let the clack catch up with you," she warns.
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"Granny's" mobility is amazing. During a rainy Thursday afternoon chat, a lightening bolt struck nearby. She jumped instantly from her chair, ready to survey the damage.
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She can't accurately total her descendants. "They're scattered from Texas to Pennsylvania," she says. Two live in Titus County. Her only living daughter, Mrs. Boss Smith, 78, an invalid, lives nearby. A granddaughter, Mrs. Denison Clay, lives on Route 3.
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Hundred of friends called Saturday. There was an old-time big noon meal for guests. And the biggest smile all day was worn by Mrs. Janie "Granny" Carmack, senior citizen of Titus County.

From Brenda Banks, March 2004: "I was going through some old things my sister in law recently sent and read a couple of letters addressed to Bethly Jane Carmack. The began "Dear Aunt Janie" and "Mother" and was signed Lee Miller (I assume that the Mother must be a sister to Bethley Jane, possibly Carrie?.) The other I came across was a Mother's Day Card, I think. Inside was written to "Dear Mother and Sister" (Martha and Bethley Jane?) and signed Lizzie and girls. I have come across something else in the past signed Lizzie and girls that we believed was addressed to Martha Murphy. I also came across an old picture, probably around the turn of the last century. It is a young man and woman. He is in a suit and sitting, she has her hand on his shoulder and is standing. Perhaps a wedding picture. Anyway, Chuck thought is looked like it could have been a young Martha C. Murphy. Of course, the only pictures that we know for sure are her, she is quite old. Anyway, on the back of the picture was written in pencil Dora Spillman." Contact Lew Griffin, lewgriffin@cox.net, if you can shed any light on any of these folks.
 

Family

Henry Thomas Carmack (13 June 1854 - 27 August 1923)
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited10 April 2004

Citations

  1. E-mail written 2000-2009 to Lew Griffin from Brenda Elizabeth Glass Banks (Mrs. Charles Lewis Banks).
  2. Henry T. Carmack to Janie Terly, 3 Dec 1873, by John Hughley, N. P. with H. T. Carmack and S. M. Robertson, L. S.
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    This from "Marriage Records 1861 -- 1890 of Chambers County, Alabama, Volume II, by the Genealogical Society of East Alabama, 1974.